Hey Friends – Big welcome to all my new friends – GROUP HUG! (Feeling mushy, it will pass)
I’ve wanted to post some projects that I have been working on. I have been very motivated to get back to photography and other more creative pursuits recently. I would like to say that I have this BURNING desire to create ART but that sounds like a bunch of hippie bullshit to me. Usually things (for me anyways) are more complicated and never so pure of heart. Life is not frolicking in a damn flowered field with unicorn farts perfuming the air, though that sounds delightful.
I have been getting back into photography after taking a break for a while. I have a non-photography driven day job (constant paycheck and health insurance! WOOT) being burnt out on photo school, and what I like to call the digital revolution driven by asshats that all led to this particular burnout. I finally snapped. Seeing so many people out there saying Photos by “some dipshit with a camera set to auto that I have no idea how to use but I own it now therefore I am a PHOTOGRAPHER” will really light a fire under a person’s ass. People. No one wants to see your craptacular photos of your mediocre looking friends and family. I promise you. For reals. STOP IT. When I was at Photo school we were taught if you had one or two great shots on a roll you were ahead of the game. If it has a ringtone you are NOT A PHOTOGRAPHER. Don’t ruin someone’s wedding to fulfill your dreams. Facebook galleries with 300 photos from a 2-hour party? Christ on a cracker, I am here for an intervention. Let’s stop the madness. Please and thank you. Ah, ranting feels great once in a while. Cleansing. I rant all the time but who’s counting?
I had forgotten how important it was to have a passion/hobby. It makes going to a soul crushing day job slightly (slightly) more tolerable. Friends – everyone needs to do this, not photography though – because there are a great many out there that are utter crap at it (and a few that are amazing. High five and I love you/hate you) Find something you are good it. Fill the world with beauty. Maybe its bubble gum sculptures or really fancy fancy paper airplanes. Perhaps you need to write a blog about every chocolate chip cookie recipe there ever was. Find that thing. I for sure know what I am bad at. To quote one of my favorite Russell Hoban poems “I know how to not do things.” I cannot sing, I am messy, doing dishes makes me cry, folding laundry, shut up, sports – and this is just the short list. And if you abso-fucking-lutly hunka hunka burning with desire to take photos then super. Take your head out of your butt and take a class. This is an f/stop. This is your shutter speed. This has been a public service announcement from your friend Susie!
I have sought out some talented friends of mine to set up some shoots, and so far it has just been so much fun. I feel that these lovely ladies have found their way with what they are good at, what they are supposed to be doing. They are all kicking ass and taking names and I am positive that their talents go on into other facets of life. I want to be like them when I grow up. It is truly inspiring and all that cheesy shit. It pushes me to keep doing what I am doing – FER REALS. I have not been this excited about being behind a camera in years. Lets do this; Let’s take over the WORLD already?
Father’s day Miss Ruby and I had our first (of many – I hope) photo shoots together. I cannot remember having so much fun. My sides and face hurt from laughing and smiling so hard. You guys KNOW I don’t care for smiling.
For the 5 of you who do not know who Miss Ruby is – She is a Retro & Pinup Hair Stylist – Makeup Artist – Model – Badass
Go find her Facebook here – Be a fan – Instagram @missrockabillyruby
Keep an eye open for her retro styling classes. SHE TEACHES PEOPLE TO BE FABULOUS. You know I would keep those skills to myself.
She is such a pro. There are not stop interruptions of people wanting to take pictures of her and she is kind and patient with each and every one of them, a saint in fact. I, however, am a pit bull when I am shooting. If you see me or anyone else working on a shoot out there in the great big world DO NOT, and I repeat, DO NOT interrupt them to take a damn IPhone picture. Don’t shoot them without permission, and just because you have a DLSR does not mean you can come do your own little personal shoot OVER MY SHOULDER. Yes this happened for reals. More than once. Next time I am bringing a bat when I shoot.
Now for the wonderful hair flower…Isn’t it to DIE FOR?? It was custom made for our shoot by NicCoCo Creations.
It is amazing and it made the shoot. It really did. She has been so fun to correspond with and made the most AMAZING piece for the second shoot that Ruby and I did (coming soon) I am lurking in her esty shop for birthday gifts for my friends and stuff for myself. She does custom orders and has some really cool ready-made pieces. She is also a Pin Up Dream and I am going to do my best to convince her to let me do a photo session with her someday – what do you say Nicolle?
Go find her – Give her some love
NicCoCO Creations Instagram – @niccococreations
Wow – I am a huge windbag when I am talking about my own work. WHAT A BORE.
What are your passions/hobbies? What do you want to get good at? What are you BAD at? Let me know in the comments! I would love to hear all about YOU! (It is the LEAST I could do after running my mouth)
See you soon friends. I miss you already.